The Unassuming Hero in the Minnesota Mall Attack Speaks Out

Authorities believe the off-duty cop's quick action saved lives.

September 20, 2016, 10:20 AM

— -- The off-duty police officer who shot and killed the knife-wielding Minnesota mall attacker said he is staying out of the spotlight until the investigation is over but is grateful for all the messages of support he has received.

Jason Falconer, who has been hailed a hero by many Americans, including the president, went right back to work after bravely intervening in Saturday's stabbing attack at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, according to local ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV.

Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, began stabbing people at the shopping center; 10 suffered injuries. None of the injuries are life-threatening, authorities said. Falconer shot Adan dead, and authorities believe his quick action saved lives.

Falconer spoke to KSTP-TV at Tactical Advantage, a firearms shop where he is an employee.

He said he was at the mall on Saturday "buying his son's birthday present," which he was able to take home, despite the horrific scene that unfolded.

Falconer said he shot at Adan "to stop the threat."

The Avon Police Department said in a statement that Falconer has worked as a part-time police officer since 2007, and also works as Avon's firearms training officer.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said Monday that Falconer "clearly prevented additional injuries and potential loss of life," according to The Associated Press.

"Officer Falconer was there at the right time and the right place," Anderson added.

President Obama told reporters yesterday that he thanked Falconer on the phone. "I talked to off-duty police officer there, who undoubtedly saved a lot of lives and prevented additional injury. I told him that once again the American people were appreciative of his work and his heroism," Obama said.

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